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T.R. Knight to Return For Season 4, Isaiah Washington Likely Back as Well

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Captain PassiveWhile the Grey's Anatomy season finale left fans with lots of questions, at least one lingering mystery appears to have been solved.

T.R. Knight, a.k.a. the lovable George O'Malley, is expected to return as a series regular, Entertainment Weekly reports this morning.

Speculation has been swirling about his departure from Seattle Grace â€" not only because of what happened in the finale (George didn't pass his intern exam) but because of two incidents earlier this season with his co-star, Isaiah Washington, who referred to Knight using a homophobic slur.

According to one insider close to the negotiation, T.R. Knight has agreed to a new contract that will boost his per-episode salary to roughly $125,000 and give him a small piece of the show profits (pay hikes and profit points were also granted to many of Knight's co-stars, including Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, and Sandra Oh).

Still up in the air, however, is the fate of Washington, whose character, Preston Burke, appeared to flee Seattle in the finale.

That said, the same insider hints that Isaiah Washington will be back as a series regular (although possibly without the same boost in pay).

"A cliffhanger is meant to keep the audience in anticipation and intrigue until fall," demurred an inside source at ABC Television Studios, which produces Grey's Anatomy for ABC.

Washington's publicist also declined comment. Meanwhile, TV Guide reports that a final decision involving Isaiah's contract status and his return to the series is expected within the next week or so.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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for a fact i no Dr.Burke is coming back for a few episodes then will not be returning while Dr. O'malley will be redoing his internship

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I also hope that Burke will stay.. his love team with Yang is really so interesting..

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I think they should bring back Washington. The show wont be the same with out him. I hope S4 is good as the others.

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TR Knight is back that's bad news he is not a very good actor together with sobbing Heigl and Sandra Ramirez. Why didn't they keep Walsh and Washington on the show. Shonda is playing russian roulette or should I say hara kiri with her show. Go one like this ABC and you can kiss S5 bye bye that is if you can attract enough people in S4.

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i hope with this gorge o maly charter would have more colors play, for IW i feel sorry cause he make tacial statement so he must move away from GA maybe there would other actor to this position so we would see something fresh come out to next season.

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I for one wish he wasn't coming back.

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Washington should stay, his character is great and his acting is wonderful. So what if he made a bad comment - we all say things we shouldn't. Am I to believe that a gay person never says anything "wrong?" Give me a break! George is boring, and the acting is not very good. He if very fakey.

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here's the link to the IW article..

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I think it's absurd Isiah is fired. He made a mistake and did almost everything in his power to set this mistake right. I think Grey's is losing a wonderful character.